CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 29112018

As prepared by Chris Nickson, here are the practice written questions from a recent CICM Second Part exam practice session at The Alfred ICU, with recommended reading from’s Critical Care Compendium and other FOAM sources:


Critically evaluate the use of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in the management of the critically ill patient with asthma.

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  1. List 5 different mechanisms of drug-induced increase in body temperature, with an example for each (2.5 marks)
  2. Compare and contrast the following toxidromes (7.5 marks):
  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Anticholinergic syndrome
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome

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(CICM Exam 2017.1 Q7)

You are asked to urgently review a 48-year-old male who has been in ICU for three weeks following an episode of severe community-acquired pneumonia. He had a percutaneous tracheostomy sited one week ago and has now developed sudden bleeding out of his airway.

  1. List the possible causes for the bleeding. (30% marks)
  2. Outline your assessment and management of the situation. (70% marks)

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CICM 2017.1 exam report for this question

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